20 Sep 2008

Spain and Argentina on course for Davis Cup showdown

11:32 am on 20 September 2008

Spain and Argentina have moved closer to a Davis Cup final showdown after taking control of their semi-finals.

Spain, two-time winners, opened up a 2-0 lead over defending champions USA with world number one Rafael Nadal outclassing debutant Sam Querrey 6-7 (5-7) 6-4 6-3 6-4 inside Madrid's intimidating, 22,000-capacity Las Ventas bullring.

David Ferrer, nicknamed 'The Bulldozer', then ground out a 7-6 (7-5) 2-6 1-6 6-4 8-6 win over Andy Roddick.

In Buenos Aires, David Nalbandian eased past Igor Andreev 7-6 (7-5) 6-2 6-4 to give Argentina the lead over two-time champions Russia before 19-year-old Juan Martin del Potro extended his summer streak to 24 wins in 25 matches by easing past world number six Nikolay Davydenko 6-1 6-4 6-2.

Should Argentina complete victory over Russia, they will have home advantage in December's final when they will be bidding for a first Davis Cup title after twice finishing runners-up.